The Playstation Home Open Beta has been released on December 11th, 2008. This highly anticipated release has been delayed many times, but with the beta finally released, PS3 fans will get a chance to get involved in a next generation 3D social gaming community.
What is Playstation Home (PS3 Home)?
Playstation Home has been in development for nearly four years and is Sony’s ultimate launch into the online community of console gaming. Players on the Nintendo Wii are able to create personal avatars that they can use to play Wii Tennis, Boxing, and many other games. PS3 Home will build up on that principle but with the full technology and power of the Playstation 3. Players will now be able to store trophies in their own animated apartments and even watch DVD films in their virtual cinema theaters. You can even watch Blue Ray films.
The Open Beta has been released and now you can download the client version right now and experience its amazing online features.
Playstation Home Features
–Home users can meet up in a special town square environment where they can chat, invite other players to their homes to see their decorations and trophies, and even hold parties.
–With online capability, Playstation owners all over the world can communicate and play the latest PS3 games together. Xbox Live and Nintendo Wii have some major competition.
-Players can play arcade games like pool and bowling. You can even hold online tournaments that could potentially be catapulted into internet fame, and high profile gaming websites such as GameSpot and IGN may broadcast or cover player tournament events between the most skilled in the country. It will also be available internationally; the PlayStation Home XMB theme is available to buy in Japan.
–Playstation Home is highly secure and will even block a player’s console and IP address if there is too much spamming. The rules will be strict to ensure respect and friendly play in the community.
-The Hall of Fame will be the ultimate part of your home where you can showcase your greatest achievements from your PS3 video games. Trophies show how skilled you are and can propel you to fame in the PS3 Home world.
-For high ranking accomplishments, players will win exclusive content in the game – all the more reason to get involved.
How Much Does Playstation Home Cost?
–The feature will be free of charge but certain exclusive content can only be gotten by earning them through accomplishments or buying them through the online store. The content includes clothes, furniture, and other special items. Some content will be completely free.
And don’t worry about paying for Home. Did you know that you can earn money with the feature? Users can sell their in-game content, merchandise, and other high demand items with a built-in Auction system. If you play the game LittleBigPlanet, then you are well aware that user-generated content is a whole new genre of console game in itself. You can create legendary content and sell it to buyers and even establish a market for your artistic talents.
The PS3 Home Open Beta is the final venturing of Sony into releasing this after years of development. But with the high excitement and ground-breaking features, we can expect it to live up to the hype.
When Will Playstation Home Be Officially Released?
The release of the Home open beta is another way of saying that Sony intends to release the final polished product very soon.
The feature will be released before the end of the year 2008. It will definitely change the way consoles will approach the online social gaming community. Before 2009, players will get a chance to influence the world by doing what they love most – playing good old fashioned video games on their couch sipping a can of Coke.